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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Deforestation in the Atlantic Forest between 2018 and 2019 grew by approximately 27 percent compared to the preceding period, according to data from the NGO SOS Mata Atlântica. The increase in destruction in the biome, now the most devastated in the country - with only 12 percent of the forest - coming from two consecutive declines, followed the widespread devastation in the Amazon and Cerrado during the first year of the Jair Bolsonaro government.

The deforestation of the 14,502 hectares recorded is once again concentrated in the states of Bahia, Minas Gerais (bordering the tropical savanna . . .

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